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Today you should know that state revenue collections dipped in August when compared to the same month a year ago, mainly due to a dramatic drop in revenue from oil and gas production. A state prison official is organizing a pilot program to use inmate labor to harvest Eastern red cedar trees. An editorial in The Oklahoman warns that graduating more college students is critical to economic growth.
State Senator Judy Eason-McIntyre made an emotional appeal to state party members, accusing the organization of ignoring and under appreciating African-American activists. Governor Mary Fallin appealed to the federal government for more funding to help Oklahoma families in need after devastating wildfires.
The Lieutenant Governor met with business leaders in Durant to discuss regional economic development issues. A record number of Oklahoma high school students took the ACT this year, and officials say a state program for student planning and assessment may have contributed to the increase. The League of Women Voters of Oklahoma is sponsoring a public forum on education next Saturday.
In today’s Policy Note, the New England Journal of Medicine disputes the claim that Medicare and Medicaid spending are ‘out of control.’ The Number of the Day is the increase in profits this year for Oklahoma banks, compared to the previous year.